I wanted something cute and unique for my daughter to wear on her first Thanksgiving. I saw lots of cute things on Etsy and other places on the web, but didn't want to spend a lot seeing as how she was pretty much going to just wear it one day. So I did a little googling to get some ideas for something I could make for her. My goal was to use what I had and not spend any money, mission accomplished! I found this great tutorial at the cottage home. She does a great job explaining her steps and even provides a template for you. I took a few pictures along the way, but it's pretty self explanatory and you can check our her post for more detailed steps.
Here's what you'll need:
1 Shirt or Onesie
6 different prints of scraps of fabric
Fusible interfacing (I used wonder under)
Turkey Template (click here to get hers)
I started with just a plain white onesie that I already had. Then I scoured through my scrap material and picked some different fabrics that coordinated well and brought in a little brown and orange for some festive flair.
Like I said, I didn't take a lot of progress pictures (check out her post for more detailed steps), but basically I ironed the fabric to the wonder under and then traced her Turkey template and cut out the pieces.
Then, I peeled off the paper from the back of my pieces and placed them on the onesie. I played around with the arrangement of the "feathers" until I got them the way I wanted.
Then, I ironed it. (make sure you put something like a piece of cardboard inside the shirt so you don't iron it together) I placed a damp cloth over it and then pressed and lifted the iron over each area.
Then, to dress things up a bit I stitched around the edges of the feathers and the body of the turkey. It's not perfect but I kind of like it better that way. Then, I just stitched some eyes, a beak, and legs on it with some heavy weight thread. I would have probably gone with buttons for the eyes if my daughter were a little older, but right now she's into putting everything in her mouth and I just didn't want to take the chance of it coming off in her mouth.
pair it with a tutu and a jean jacket and you've got a perfect Thanksgiving day outfit!
I also made a boyish version for my nephew, who's 6 months old, but forgot to take a final picture of his, so here's an iphone pic of his before I put the eyes, mouth, and feet on it.